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June 2018

“FORMATION”: The Guild of Book Workers 2018-2019 Traveling Juried Exhibition

June 15, 2018 - October 31, 2019

“FORMATION”: The Guild of Book Workers 2018-2019 Traveling Juried Exhibition

I am extremely honored to have two pieces in FORMATION, The Guild of Book Workers 2018-2019 traveling juried exhibition, with a theme evoking a wide array of interpretations.

Simply defined by Merriam Webster as “an act of giving form or shape to something,” ‘formation‘ can insinuate process, history, creation, change, beginnings, an arrangement, botany and landscape, personal narratives and impersonal storytelling. As artists, designers and craftspeople with our own histories that form us, we also play a vital role in the formation of objects and experiences; pulp molded into paper, paper folded into books, books shelved into a library.

What is the final product, if not for the methods used to create it? What makes us into the artists we are? What pushes us to continue to create?

Exhibition Schedule:
Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Minneapolis, MN
June 15–October 21, 2018

Robert C. Williams Papermaking Museum
Atlanta, GA
November 1, 2018–March 7, 2019

University of California, Los Angeles
Charles E. Young Research Library Lobby Gallery
Los Angeles, CA
March 15–May 25, 2019

North Bennet Street School
Boston, MA
June 5–July 27, 2019

University of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA
August 1–October 30, 2019

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August 2018

The Book as Art v6.0: Pulp

August 10 @ 9:00 am - September 28 @ 6:00 pm
Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore Street
Decatur, GA 30030 United States
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I am honored to have two pieces in this upcoming exhibition:

The Book as Art v6.0: Pulp
the Book As Art 2018
August 10–September 28 | open during library hours
The Periodicals Gallery of the Decatur Library
215 Sycamore St., Decatur, Ga.
Artist books take many forms – from handmade and lusciously tactile to linear and informative, abstract and questioning to sculptural and monumental. This juried show celebrates the book with a wildly varied collection of inventive and spectacular work that challenges expectations.

This is an exhibition that has been described by critics as, “wildly eclectic” and finding “. . . new and often startling ways to reimagine not just the physical format of a book but also the ideological essence of the content.” (ArtsATL, “Year in Review,” Dec. 31, 2014); approaching “sheer aesthetic magic” (Jerry Cullum, ArtsATL, “Books Become Magical Objects, Aug. 28, 2013); and with examples that “. . .push boundaries and challenge expectations in ways that are both startling and exhilarating.” (Jeff Stafford, Burnaway, “Art as Books, Books as Art,” Aug. 25, 2014)

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September 2018

Teen Flag Bookmaking at the Artesia Library!

September 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Artesia County Library, 18801 Elaine Ave
Artesia, CA 90701 United States
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Join with other teens and learn to create the fun and versatile FLAG BOOK, which moves and grooves when you do! Add your own "found writing" (learn how) and have your say!

Led by artist Debra Disman.

All materials included.

Drop-ins welcome!

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Papel Picado Bookmaking Workshop

September 29 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Granada Hills Branch, Los Angeles Public Library, 10640 Petit Avenue Granada Hills, CA 91344
Granada Hills, United States
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Part of my Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Artist Residency at the Granada Hills Branch – Los Angeles Public Library.

Thanks to Children's Librarian Alice Schock, Senior Librarian Pamela Rhodes, and the LA DCA

To celebrate Latino Heritage Month, join us for a Papel Picado Bookmaking Workshop, led by artist Debra Disman. This program is open to all ages. All materials included.

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October 2018

Let’s Make Books at the Bell Library!

October 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Bell Library, 4411 E GAGE AVE
Bell, CA 90201 United States
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Learn to create the fun and fabulous "folded fan" book in community at the Library with artist Debra Disman.
Create a book that can open, read and displayed in different ways!

This program is designed for children aged 5 - 12.

All materials included!

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